Frank McAvennie has ripped into Celtic goalkeeper Vasilis Barkas after he was dropped for the win against Kilmarnock today.
The former Hoops and St Mirren striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, said the 26-year-old was “awful” in a scathing review of the summer signing and the club’s recruitment team.
Barkas has endured a difficult start to life at Parkhead and was replaced by 22-year-old Conor Hazard for today’s 2-0 victory over Kilmarnock.
The £4.5million signing from AEK Athens has made 17 appearances for Neil Lennon’s side in all competitions, conceding 18 goals and keeping eight clean sheets.
McAvennie admitted to feeling sorry for the Greece international and pointed the finger towards recruitment chief Nick Hammond.
“My God, Barkas is awful,” he told Football Insider.
“I feel for him though because the boy has come in, made a mistake and then realised how big a club Celtic is. He has been getting slaughtered from pillar to post.
“The recruitment at Celtic needs to be looked at because it has not been good enough, Barkas included.”
Speaking on the goalkeeper’s form last month, Lennon said: “You have to look at the whole picture. He’s done OK, I think he can do better and I think he knows that.
“I think he’s getting more accustomed to the tempo of the game and the physicality and what’s required of him as a number one.”